Magic Weekend to return to Manchester May 17 and 18 in 2014
Following a highly successful seventh Magic Weekend the RFL are delighted to be able to make an early announcement for fans to confirm the dates for Magic Weekend 2014. All 14 Super League Clubs will return to the Etihad Stadium, Manchester over the weekend of Saturday May 17 and Sunday May 18.
The 2014 Magic Weekend will be the second year of a two-year agreement with the RFL to stage the event, with the fixtures for the weekend to be confirmed later in the year.
Over 60,000 fans enjoyed a superb weekend of sporting action at Magic 2013, with an action packed programme of matches and entertainment for all the family. The new tram link to Etihad Campus made access to the stadium even easier for many fans and the Fanzone was buzzing with activity including a whole range of fun challenges run by Super League partners including Heinz, Foxy Bingo, Brut, and Irn Bru.
Commenting on the weekend RFL Chief Executive Nigel Wood said;
â€œMagic Weekend 2013 was a great success, showcasing the extraordinary sport of Rugby League to a wide audience, both at the games and on television. Once again the fans created a fantastic atmosphere, both inside and outside the stadium in the Fanzone, and I believe the whole sport can be rightly proud of the Magic Weekend.
"I am delighted that we are able to confirm the dates early for fans for 2014 and I look forward to another superb festival of Rugby League at the Etihad next May. â€œ
Councillor Rosa Battle, Manchester City Council executive member for culture and leisure, said:
â€œThe 2013 Magic Weekend proved to be a real treat for Rugby League fans and brought the countryâ€™s most talented players to Manchester. 2014 will see the Magic Weekend return to our city and will once again demonstrate that Manchester is a world class sporting destination with state of the art facilities to match.â€
Manchester City Operations Director Steve Sayer said;
â€œNow in its second consecutive year at the Etihad Stadium, It was fantastic to once again welcome back legions of Super League fans to East Manchester. The festival atmosphere in and around the stadium not only demonstrates the passion of the fans, but also why the Magic Weekend continues to grow in popularity. Itâ€™s a privilege to host such a great event and we canâ€™t wait to do it again in May 2014 when the Magic Weekend returns for another action packed weekend of Rugby League.â€